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The Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS), formerly known as the Department of Chinese, Translation and Interpretation, was established in 1988. Our department is one of the leading academic departments in Asia that studies Chinese and its interaction with English. It addresses real-life language issues in a bilingual society. As a department with two undergraduate programmes, several taught postgraduate programmes, and a PhD programme, CBS has come a long way and is now a widely recognised innovative pioneer in establishing academic programmes that are underpinned by our research while meeting the demands in society. 


What's New

In order to recruit high-calibre students who are determined to pursue academic research, the MA Scheme in Chinese, Linguistics and Translation is launching two scholarships in the 2022/23 academic year. CBS Postgraduate Scholarship is an entry scholarship, which offers a 50% tuition waiver to applicants with outstanding intellectual potential to complete an MA thesis and have achieved excellent academic results in the qualifications already obt

31 Dec 2021

CBS Scholarships 2022_23

On 15 December, the Secretary for Food and Health Prof. Sophia Chan visited our Speech Therapy Unit (STU) as part of her campus tour at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.   During the visit, our Head and speech therapy team introduced our speech therapy services and the training facilities of STU to Prof. Chan. We were delighted to have the opportunity to share with Prof. Chan our new initiatives regarding the speech therapy services and the t

20 Dec 2021


Miss Ho Hiu Man, a student of BA (Hons) in Chinese and Bilingual Studies (BACBS), was awarded the Most Outstanding PolyU Student Award 2021 in recognition of her exceptional academic performance and all-round quality.   As an avid lover of Chinese language and literature, she often writes and publishes articles about linguistics and translation as well as modern Chinese poetries. She is also active in community services with the examples of mento

13 Dec 2021

The Most Outstanding Student Award 2021

Congratulations to three students of MA in Bilingual Corporate Communication (MABCC), namely LU Wen Xin, DONG Zhijie and XIONG Chengchen, who achieved an outstanding result in the 8th China University Students PR Plan Contest held in Beijing this October. The competition was organized by the China International Public Relations Associations (CIPRA) and the judging panel was formed by industry leaders in Public Relations.   Representing The Hong K

6 Dec 2021

Kudos_MABCC_PR Competition

CBS Associate Professor Dr. Caicai Zhang has participated in the 4th World Laureates Forum (WLF), the foremost scientific conference held in Shanghai during 1-3 November 2021. The international forum involved world-renowned senior scientists including Nobel Laureates as well as selected young scientists. As the only one from Asia in the Young Scientists Forum: Neuroscience, Psychology and Cognitive Science, Dr. Zhang presented her research on the

1 Dec 2021


We are thrilled to announce that four CBS staff members have been awarded the Faculty Awards 2020/21 by the Faculty of Humanities in recognition of their noteworthy achievements on research and scholarly activities and services. The CBS awardees are listed below:   Faculty Awards for Outstanding Performance Achievement 2021  Category of Awards Awardee Post Research &

10 Nov 2021


Congratulations on the two research papers by PolyUCBS colleagues that are selected as Lingua Editor’s choices for having significant potential impacts in the field of linguistics. Two of the authors, Dr. Huiheng Zeng and Ms. Siyu Lei are CBS’ Post-doctoral Fellow and PhD student respectively. The papers will be available free of charge until the end of December 2021.   Winnie Huiheng Zeng, Christian Burgers, Kathleen Ahrens. 2021. Framing metaph

21 Sep 2021


Ms. LAU Hiu Ching, a Year 3 student of BA (Hons) in Chinese and Bilingual Studies minoring in Korean, has won second place in the 5th Korean Consul General Cup Korean Speech Contest in Hong Kong.   The prestigious contest is held and sponsored annually by the Korean Cultural Center and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Hong Kong. Among the 15 finalists, Ms. Lau stood out as one of the two second place winners of the competition. I

6 Aug 2021

Korean Speech 1

Trained by the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS) and the Department of English (ENGL), the student representatives have won the first-ever award for Hong Kong in the 18th International Linguistics Olympiad (IOL). All the four students have earned medals (1 Gold, 2 Silvers and 1 Bronze) with their impeccable performance in solving the world's toughest linguistic puzzles. Among 56 teams consisting of 216 talented young linguists, th

31 Jul 2021


Building on the success of our previous Linguistic Training and Internship Programme, we are delighted to announce that our second application to the Gifted Education Fund has been successful. The project, entitled Multilingual Communication Training and Cross-Cultural Communication Course for Future Leaders, will run for 15 months with funding support from the Education Bureau. The target participants range from Secondary 1 students to Secondar

31 Dec 2021

GEF Application

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